Dec 12, 2009, 11:18 AM EDT
Matt Diaz avoided arbitration by signing a one-year, $2.55 million contract with the Braves, reports MLB.com. He earned $1.2375 million in 2009.
Diaz, who turns 32 in March, batted
.313/.390/.488 in ’09, establishing career-highs with 13 home runs and
58 RBI. Only six National League outfielders with at least 350 plate
appearances were better than his .878 OPS. He crushed left-handed
pitching to the tune of .412/.464/.640 with a 1.103 OPS in 136 at-bats.
It’s a mystery how Garret Anderson managed to get 100 more at-bats than
Though he’s a better weapon against
lefties, and still hasn’t found a stable position on the diamond, Diaz
has at least earned consideration for an every day job next season.
With Diaz resolved, the Braves’ only
remaining arbitration-eligible players are infielder Kelly Johnson,
left-hander Boone Logan and right-hander Peter Moylan.
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